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In preparation of a recipe I have coming soon, this seasoning blend fits the bill. Tuscan style seasoning is the perfect way to impart the flavors of Tuscany into your cooking. Sort of like an Italian seasoning, but not. This one is much more fresh and flavorful. This blend of herbs, spices and lemony goodness is perfect for chicken, fish, beef or pork, or anything you want to give a Tuscan flavor profile to. Easy to make with ingredients you already have in your spice rack and pantry. Making this a great way to save money and use your spices you already have on hand!
The Tuscan flavor profile includes herbs such as rosemary, basil, parsley, thyme and marjoram. Aromatics like onion, garlic, red bell pepper and spicy red pepper flakes along with cracked black pepper. Lemon and citrus play a large part in the Tuscan flavor so lemon zest and lemon crystals make an appearance as well. Many of these things can be found in your own home spice rack and pantry.
I have used sweet paprika to impart the flavor of red bell pepper in this blend, but you could also use dehydrated red bell pepper or even freeze dried red bell pepper if you like. If you don't have the lemon crystals, which are "True Lemon" dehydrated lemon juice powder, you could use a packet of unsweetened lemonade drink mix in a pinch. It won't be pure lemon juice crystals, but it will work the same.
One thing you will notice is that there is no oregano in this blend. I have opted to use Marjoram which is most often found in Tuscan cookery instead of the oregano. Marjoram is in the same plant family as Oregano but as I said it is the kinder, gentler cousin of Oregano. It is less acrid and less prominent leaving a more pleasant herbaciousness.
I am planning on using this seasoning blend in a cast iron Tuscan roast chicken recipe that I will be filming and sharing very soon on this channel. The chicken was super tasty and I know it will become one of your go to recipes!
This recipe will make enough seasoning to fill a 12 ounce jelly jar. Of course, you can cut the recipe in half easily if you don't think you will use that much. Or you can always share with a friend. This blend would make a lovely gift when paired with a nice bottle of fine olive oil and a bottle of aged balsamic vinegar as well as a crusty loaf of bread for a beautiful gift that will be remembered for a long time. Nothing beats the gift of food to tell your friends and loved ones they are cared for.
I hope that you give this Tuscan style seasoning blend a try and I hope you love it!
2 tablespoons sweet paprika
1 tablespoon red pepper flake
1 tablespoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon cracked black pepper
1 tablespoon dried lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon crystals
Tuscan Style Seasoning Blend
2 tablespoons ground rosemary
2 tablespoons dried basil
2 tablespoons dried parsley
2 tablespoons dried marjoram
2 tablespoons dried minced garlic
2 tablespoons dried minced onion
Combine all spices in a jar with a tight-fitting lid.
Shake well when initially preparing as well as before each use to distribute spices.
Use as you would any other Italian blend seasoning for cooking, salads, dressings, meats and more.